How should Chelsea line up against Brighton in Saturday's early kick-off?

How should Chelsea line up against Brighton in Saturday's early kick-off?

Thankfully for Conte, his side emerged victorious on penalties - and next up for them is a trip to Brighton in the Premier League on Saturday.

Barkley, 24, was registered too late to play a part in Wednesday's dramatic FA Cup third round replay win over Norwich City following his £15 million move from Everton, but has been training with the first-team squad at Cobham and scored twice in a behind-closed-doors friendly against QPR on Thursday.

With Chelsea's protests turned away for VAR replays, Willian was denied a penalty before both Pedro then Alvaro Morata were sent off for two bookable offences each.

Click the right arrow, above, to see talkSPORT's predicted Chelsea XI, listed in squad number order.

The Blues were held to a 1-1 draw after extra time as they finished the game with eight outfielders.

Antonio Conte has refused to discuss the plethora of strikers linked with Chelsea in recent days, but admits he would be "happy" if the club opted to bolster his squad in the January window.

This significantly weakens Chelsea's attacking options, and means Michy Batshuayi could be in line for back-to-back starts, or could also mean a change of system.

Former Chelsea midfielder Steve Sidwell will miss out with an ankle injury.

They could also remain winless in their opening three Premier League matches of a calendar year for the first time in 23 years. The victor was scored by current Brighton player Glenn Murray.

Expected Brighton XI (4-4-1-1): Ryan (GK); Bruno, Duffy, Dunk, Bong, Knockaert, Propper, Stephens, Izquierdo, Groß, Murray.

These two teams have met just nine times in their history, with Chelsea taking the honours on seven occasions.

Conte's men have drawn all of their last four games in all competition with three of them goalless.

A 1-0 Chelsea is the most likely result in the betting market at 5/1 odds.

Chelsea need to rediscover their scoring touch, and will need to perform well to break down a very well organised and well-disciplined Brighton team.

Spurs are three points outside of the top four so will be hoping for a slip up by any of the three sides within touching distance of them, including Liverpool who travel to bottom-of-the-table Swansea City on Monday evening.

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